IoT survey from Palo Alto Networks highlights the need for shared responsibility among remote workers and IT teams to secure their enterprise
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Cyber adversaries know that one small IoT sensor can provide entry into a corporate network to launch ransomware attacks and more. According to a survey of IT decision-makers by Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), 78% of respondents (among those whose organization has IoT devices connected to its network) reported an increase in non-business IoT devices on corporate networks in the last year. Smart lightbulbs, heart rate monitors, connected gym equipment, coffee machines, game consoles and even pet feeders are among the list of the strangest devices identified on such networks in the study.
For the second year, survey responses warn of needed security changes to protect corporate networks from non-business IoT devices. This year, 96% of the same group above indicated their organization’s approach to IoT security needs improvement, and 1 in 4 (25%) said it needs a complete overhaul with the greatest security capability needs around threat protection (59%), risk assessment (55%), IoT device context for security teams (55%), and device visibility and inventory (52%).
“IoT adoption has become a critical business enabler. It presents new security challenges that can only be met if employees and employers share responsibility for protecting networks,” said Ryan Olson, vice president of threat intelligence, Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. “Remote workers need to be aware of devices at home that may connect to corporate networks via their home router. Enterprises need to better monitor threats and access to networks and create a level of segmentation to safeguard remote employees and the organization’s most valuable assets.”
Worth noting, of the 1,900 global IT decision-makers polled by Palo Alto Networks this year, half (51%) indicated that IoT devices are segmented on a separate network from the one they use for primary business devices and business applications (e.g., HR system, email server, finance system), and another 26% of respondents said that IoT devices are microsegmented within security zones — an industry best practice where organizations create tightly controlled security zones on their networks to isolate IoT devices and keep them separate from IT devices to avoid hackers from moving laterally on a network.
There are other worthwhile steps for mitigating IoT security risk at home and in the enterprise.
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Palo Alto Networks helps secure IoT devices in two ways.
Palo Alto Networks IoT Security combines machine learning with patented App-ID™ technology to provide the most accurate and deepest level of visibility into your IoT and OT devices for effective baselining of their normal behaviors. The solution empowers security teams to proactively prevent threats, monitor device risk, detect anomalies, and recommend then apply policies for enforcement.
Palo Alto Networks also recently introduced Okyo Garde™, an enterprise-grade cybersecurity solution for the home, delivered through a premium mesh-enabled Wi-Fi 6 system. Okyo Garde is designed to address the new hybrid work environment in which the workplace is as likely to be a kitchen table or spare bedroom as an office cubicle. Whether you have a small business, are an employee working from home or you simply want your home to be more cyber secure, Palo Alto Networks’ Okyo Garde secures all the devices on your network. Currently available in the United States for personal and small business use, Okyo Garde provides superior Wi-Fi speed and coverage, unparalleled protection from malware, ransomware, phishing attacks and more, all while visible and easily controlled through a simple mobile app on your smartphone. Okyo Garde Enterprise Edition, with Prisma® Access integration, is expected to be available in the U.S. in early 2022.
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Palo Alto Networks commissioned technology research firm Vanson Bourne, which polled 1,900 IT decision-makers at organizations in 18 countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Middle East (comprising of UAE and Saudi Arabia), Spain, Italy, Ireland, Australia, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
About Palo Alto Networks
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About Vanson Bourne
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